The Post Fourth Edition 2023-2024

The Post Fourth edition

The Post 

Fourth Edition 2023-2024

 

 Are Kids Growing up Too Fast?  

By: Ava

 

An anonymous quote states, “Cherish every moment, for it will never come again.” Nowadays in our society, a lot of the younger generation focuses on growing up way too fast. Some focus on wearing makeup and having it a part of their daily routine at a young age while others dress older than they appear. Some focus on materialistic things, or follow the trends, which is quote on quote “cool.” I feel social media, exposure to technology, and acquiring adult-like tasks during childhood are three reasons causing children to grow up too quickly.

Social media has a huge influence in today’s age. It can be known as the center of all the trends. Children and teens can be influenced easily on the things they see on social media. Although social media can give us the feeling of happiness or contentment, it can be damaging to the brain. Most apps were made not for the reason you may think. For example: Snapchat. Most people think that “ Oh! Snapchat! The app where you can send pictures to your friends and chat with them too! Well, let me tell you, that is false. A news video from KSHB 41 shows how Snapchat was created to hide things. It was created to keep things from anybody! 

From social media exposure to children maturing at an unexpected rate, our generation may be exposed to irreversible harms, especially declining mental health. All human beings of all ages have a chemical in their body called dopamine. Dopamine is the natural chemical that acts on areas of the brain to give you a feeling of pleasure, satisfaction, and motivation. According to a Harvard research study on dopamine and smartphones, Rebecca Clements argues that dopamine consists of three different types: unexpected reward (learning), expected reward, and negative prediction error. Negative prediction error is when dopamine causes you to not feel as good as you expected to feel. For example, when scrolling through TikTok, our brains get so excited and produce dopamine. But, when we stop scrolling, that excitement disappears. That’s how someone might experience a negative prediction error. This can lead to depression, schizophrenia, and psychosis. 

But still the question stands: how can we stop this harmful behavior? There are two possible ways, of many, that we can use to target this enduring problem.

Number one: Self Care. Self care has a huge impact on our livelihood, even if we don’t realize it. Taking care of ourselves, mentally and physically, is crucial to our happiness. And remember what I said earlier: dopamine consists of unexpected reward, expected reward, and negative prediction error. If we want to care for ourselves, we must avoid negative prediction error at all costs. Therefore, we must focus even more on how to learn from an experience or benefit from an expected reward. Exercise, meditation, and simply hanging out with your family are some of the best ways to improve your overall stamina, confidence, and, most importantly, happiness. 

Number two: Reflection. While caring for ourselves can certainly make us feel happier, how can we ensure that this sense of happiness stays with us? That is where reflection steps into the picture. If we stop, take a deep breath, and think about what might be holding us back from enjoying a true sense of happiness, then we can learn to understand what it takes to be happy. Making sure we avoid negative prediction error can only be guaranteed if we understand where it comes from in the first place.

Overall, I feel social media, exposure to technology, and acquiring adult-like tasks during childhood are three reasons causing children to grow up too quickly. Now listen, all of this information put aside, the main thing I want you to know is that you deserve a childhood, so cherish the moment, because it will never come again. 

 

St. Andrew Staff’s Favorite Hacks!

 

If you need to get wrinkles out of your clothes, but do not have time to iron- throw it in the dryer with a wet sock for 5 minutes. Wrinkles come right out! – Dana Demsko

 

  1. If you need to thaw frozen butter quickly, use a cheese grater.
  2. Take a canister of baby powder to the beach; it is GREAT to get all that sand off your feet before you get back in your car (my family always did this!).

-Nadine Plomchok

If you ever have a clothing situation where a gap is not closing, lost a button, need to shorten a hem, etc…use double sided tape on your clothes.  -Ms. Creevey

When baking, if you have to measure a sticky substance (ex. Peanut butter) coat the inside of the measuring cup with PAM, and it will slide right out into the bowl!  -Heather Brunell

A favorite hack of mine is to mix equal parts of white vinegar and dawn dish soap (usually a half cup each).  Pour it into a spray bottle and use it to clean my shower. No hard scrubbing needed.  Just use a sponge to wipe.  

You can also use vinegar instead of fabric softener to get rid of smells stuck in clothes and helps to brighten them as well.     -Ellen Koziol

Use Bounce; keep this is your closet

Bounce Anti Static Spray, 3 in 1 Anti Static & Instant Wrinkle Release, Odor Eliminator & Fabric Refresher

Works great for a quick fix!    -Emily Roach

If you don’t have dry shampoo, you can just use baby powder! -Cristiana Raspa 

Pick out your clothes the night before work or school, so you’re not rushing in the morning! -Jenna Strain 

To clean out your microwave easily, put boxing soda into a cup with water and microwave for about 3-4 minutes. Take a sponge and anything stuck on the walls will come right off.  -Sarah Costa

Owowcow Scooping Event

By: Anna T.

 

This is the Owowcow Scooping Event. Do you like great ice cream? Because this is the place to go. This event is on Thursday, April 11 and on Thursday, April 18. The different flavors they serve are House Vanilla, I Hate Chocolate, Strawberry, Cashew Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream, Cookie Monstah, Sweet Honey Cream, Blueberry Lemon, Almond Coconut Choco Chip, Espresso, and Honey Lavender. If you love one of these flavors, or you  want to try one of these ice creams come on down to Owowcow in Wrightstown, PA

 

Some of the scoopers for this event will be Miss Costa, Mrs. Roach, Miss Raspa, and Miss Strain. 20% of the proceeds support the school. Make sure you mention you go to SAS when ordering. We hope you will join us at Owowcow this week or the next. Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Spring Trivia   (Answer Key is on last page)  

By: Kate S.

 

Let’s spring in with some fun trivia questions!

 

Q1. When is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere in 2023?

  • March 20th
  • March 22nd
  • Match 25th

Q2. What is the April birthstone?

  • Emerald
  • Diamond
  • Topaz

Q3. In which country do cherry blossom trees signify the beginning of spring?

  • Thailand
  • China
  • Japan

Q4. What are the spring Zodiac signs?

  • Aries, Taurus, Gemini
  • Gemini, Cancer, Leo
  • Aries, Gemini, Cancer

Q5. Who is the Greek goddess of spring and nature?

  • Artemis
  • Persephone
  • Hera

Q6. What is the main spring allergy trigger?

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold

Q7. What does Cinco De Mayo commemorate?

  • Mexico’s Independence Day
  • Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla
  • The signing of the Mexican Constitution

Q8. Which major Jewish holiday occurs during Spring?

  • Pesach/Passover
  • Tisha B’av
  • Yom Kippur

Q9. What are the 40 days and nights before Easter known as in Christianity?

  • Epiphany
  • Pentecost
  • Lent

Q10. Which Hindu holiday, known as the ‘Festival of Colors” happens in spring?

  • Holi
  • Diwali
  • Navaratri

Penn Relays

By: Harrison W.

Basketball, soccer, and volleyball are all sports that are offered at Saint Andrew. However, there is one more sport missing. Track and field! By definition, Track and field is a sport in which athletes compete in different running, jumping, and throwing events. Every year, the fastest of each age group, novice, minor, cadet, combine to make a relay team. Then, after they practice, they go to a competition against all of the other relay teams from other schools all over the world. This competition is called Penn Relays.

Moreover, Penn Relays is held at the historic Franklin Field. Here, not only have some of the fastest professional athletes, like Usain Bolt,  have run there, but some of the fastest high school athletes to have run here. Penn Relays gives kids in middle school the chance of a lifetime. For students at Saint Andrew, the event that they compete in is the 4×100. The 4×100 relay is where 4 people each run 100 meters while passing along a baton which is like a stick. 

             As for the results of Penn Relays, the majority of the Saint Andrew teams were sent home early. However, the Codet Girls Penn Relay team passed the first round onto the second round. Sadly, they did not get first, but there is next year to make Saint Andrew the champs of Penn Relays.

Summer Trivia (Answer Key is on the last page)

 

Q1. Which US state has the average hottest temperature?

  1. Florida
  2. Pennsylvania 
  3. HUNGRY
  4. Texas 

 

   Q2.  What is the birthstone for July?

  1.  Ruby
  2. Emerald
  3. Topaz

 

Q3. What month is the Fourth of July in?

  1. July 
  2. June
  3. August 

 

Q4. What is the first month of Summer

  1. July 
  2. June
  3. August

 

Q5. In what country did fireworks originate?

  1. China
  2. Mexico
  3. Hungry
  4. Turkey   

 

Q6. In what year did the Fourth of July become a holiday in the United States?

  1. 1870
  2. 1954
  3. 1871
  4. 1101

 

Q7. WHAT IS THE LAST MONTH OF SUMMER?

 

  1.  AUGUST
  2.  JULY
  3. DECEMBER 
  4. JUNE
  5. NOVEMBER  

 

Q8.  What is the most grown crop in the United States?

  1. WHEAT
  2. CORN 
  3. APPLES
  4. COTTEN

 

  Spring Trivia Answer  Key

  1. March 20
  2. diamond
  3. Japan
  4. Aries, Taurus, Gemini
  5. Persephone
  6. Pollen
  7. Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla
  8. Pesach/Passover
  9. Lent
  10. Holi
     Summer Trivia Answer Key

1. Florida

2. Ruby

3. July

4. June

5. China 

6.1870

7. August 

8. Wheat